-The Adams Family-
Ancestors & Descendants of John A. Adams
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The 1880 US Federal Census for the Sugar Hill district of Cleburne County, Alabama, lists the following:
J.H. Adams (head), age 43, born 1836 or 1837 in Virginia, as were parents
Mary M. Adams (wife), age 41, born 1838 or 1839 in Georgia, as were parents
Howell A. Adams, age 19, born 1860 or 1861 in Georgia
James Adams, age 13, born 1866 or 1867 in Georgia
Alonzo Adams, age 11, born 1868 or 1869 in Georgia
William Adams, age 8, born 1871 or 1872 in Georgia
Walter Adams, age 5, born 1874 or 1875 in Georgia
Malisa Adams, age 6 months, born 1879 or 1880 in Georgia
I believe the James Adams above is the same person as our ancestor, James T. Adams, who was born February 9, 1867, in Georgia. The description matches.
-James T. Adams-
1867 - 1920
Our branch of the Adams Family Tree begins with James T. Adams, who was born February 9, 1867, in Georgia. Although his lineage is currently unknown, the Twelfth Census of the United States taken in 1900 reveals that James' parents were both born in Virginia.
James married Martha E. (surname unknown) around 1887, probably in Alabama. Martha's lineage is also unknown; but the 1900 Census lists her father as being born in Georgia, and her mother in Alabama. Martha was born April 1866, in Alabama.
James and Martha had nine known children; however, only eight of these are identified by name. In the 1900 Census, Martha indicated that she was the mother of six children, five of whom where living at the time. So, one child, whose name and gender is unknown, had died sometime before 1900. Given the fecundity of women during this era and the birth years of Martha's other children, the child who died almost had to have been born in 1894, unless it was a twin to one of her surviving children, which is unlikely. The identified children were Clark J.H. (1888), Lucious Terrell (1890), John A. (1892), Sara Lizzie (1896), Auzy Anna G. (1898), Mary Lee (1901), Samuel (c. 1904), and Sanford Ted (c, 1908).
James and Martha are found in the Twelfth Census of the United States listed as James T. Adams (head) and Martha E. (wife). At this time, James and his family resided in the Warrenton area of Marshall County. This community is just north of Guntersville, Alabama, off of US Highway 431. According to the Census, James and Martha had been married for thirteen years; and both are registered as being able to read and write. James is listed as a farmer, as most Southern men were during this era. As previously mentioned, Martha is listed in this Census as the mother of six children, five of whom were living in 1900. The children are listed in the Census as Clark J.H., Lucious T., John A., Sarah L., and Auzy A.G. All are listed as being born in Alabama. The Adams' were enumerated in this Census on June 5th, 1900, by Toliver H. Cox.
By 1910, James had brought his family to Madison County, Alabama, settling in the Owens Cross Roads area, where they were enumerated in the Thirteenth Census of the United States. James is listed as a forty-three year old white male farmer, who was born in Georgia. His parents are listed as being born in the "U.S.". Why Virginia was not specified is unknown. James is also listed as renting his property. Martha E. is listed as James' wife of twenty-three years, and the mother of nine children, eight of whom were living. The children listed in the Census - along with their ages - are Lucious T. (20), Sarah L. (14), Anna G. (11), Mary L. (9), Samuel 6), and Sanford T. (2). Lucious, Sara, Anna, and Mary, are all listed as having attended school during the Census year. The Adams' were enumerated in this Census on April 20, 1910, by John B. Brannumn.
Auzy Anna G. Adams died on August 7, 1912, at the age of thirteen years. Her cause of death is unknown at this time. She is buried in the Campground Cemetery in Big Cove, Alabama, located on Campground Road, just off of US Highway 431. Being that she is buried in the northern end of Big Cove, noted as the "upper end" by locals, the author is inclined to believe that the Adams Family lived nearer this area of the Cove, rather than the southern side, which is located next to Owens Cross Roads. There is an old cemetery, Neal's Chapel, located on the southern end; and it seems that this or any other cemetery in this area would have been used if the family had lived nearer Owens Cross Roads, rather than Big Cove.
Mary Lee Adams died November 1, 1918, at the age of seventeen years. Her cause of death is unknown at this time, and she is also buried in the Campground Cemetery in Big Cove.
Not even two years later, James T. Adams, patriarch of the Adams Family, died on March 20, 1920, at the age of fifty-three years. He is buried in the Campground Cemetery, with a Woodsmen of the World tombstone marking his grave. His grave is inscribed as "J.T. Adams", which could have been the name that James most often used as initial names were very common in this era.
The very next year, James' only surviving daughter, Sara Lizzie Adams Malone, died on March 3, 1921, at the age of twenty-five. Lizzie had married a currently unidentified Malone, and had at least one child - a son, whose name is currently unknown. Lizzie Malone is buried beside her parents and sisters in the Campground Cemetery, with a Woodsmen of the World Tombstone marking her grave as well. The Adams' graves are located near the road, and are easily spotted because of the three erect log-like memorials, which marks their graves.
1892 - 1935
From James T. Adams, our direct lineage continues with his son, John Albert Adams. John was born August 24, 1892, in Alabama, and was the third child of James and Martha Adams. John's middle name, or even initial has remained a mystery, even until this late hour. In the 1900 Census, in which John is listed as being seven years old, his initial is listed as an "A." However, John is later found in various media types as John E. Adams. This includes his own tombstone. The opinion of the author is that John's actual middle name was Albert, and over the years it was mispronounced and transformed into Elbert. John's oldest son's name was Albert Lonzo Adams, and was perhaps John's namesake. In this text, John will be referred to as John Albert, with the knowledge that this could possibly be incorrect.
John married Rosa Lee "Rosie" Winkles on February 10, 1910, in Huntsville, Alabama. Rosie's lineage remains a great mystery. There are many Winkles from this era who lived in nearby Marshall County on Gunter's Mountain in the Grant area. Research is still being conducted to prove Rosie's parentage, but a good start is the Grant area. This mystery may never be solved entirely. Rosie was born.
John and Rosie married when John was seventeen, and Rosie was only twelve years old. Family legend says that John bought Rosie a baby doll after they married. However, Rosie would not need a baby doll for very long, for over the next eighteen years, she would give birth to thirteen babies. Four of these children - two sets of twins - died shortly after or during birth. Their names and genders are unknown; however their graves are marked in the Moon Cemetery near Owens Cross Roads in the Cave Springs Community. The nine surviving children were Rachel E. (1912), Albert Lonzo (1913), Bertie Lorene (1914), Ruby Nancy (19--), James Walter (1919), John Junior (1920), Sammie Ligie (1922), Rosie Virginia (1926), and William Jasper (1930). All of these children were born near Owens Cross Roads, Alabama, presumably in the Madison County community of Clouds Cove.
John first appears as head of a household in the Thirteenth Census of the United States in 1910. John is listed as a seventeen-year-old white, male, farmer, who was born in Alabama. He lists his father and mother's places of birth as Alabama, although his father lists his own place of birth as Georgia. John is listed as being able to read and write, and having attended school within the Census year. He is also shown to be renting a farm. Rosie is listed as his fourteen-year-old wife, who was born in Alabama, as were her parents. She apparently lied about her young age. She is also listed as being able to read and write, and having attended school within the Census year. The family enumerated next to John and Rosie is the Dave Pinkerton Family. Dave was the father of Deimer Pinkerton, who was seven years old at the time of Census. Deimer was the husband of Lena Bird Pinkerton, and was the father of the Pinkerton Family who attends the Big Cove Free Holiness Church.
In the Fourteenth Census of the United States taken in 1920, listed is John E. Adams, a twenty-seven year old white male farmer. He again lists his own place of birth as Alabama and his parents' also as Alabama. His father's actual place of birth in Georgia could have been close enough to the state-line of Alabama to create this confusion. This is only speculation. Rosie is listed as John's twenty-two year old wife. Note that this time, Rosie lists her actual age. The children are listed as Rachel E. (8), Alonzo A. (6), Bertie L. (5), Ruby (3), and James W. (1).
At some point in time, both John and Rosie joined the Free Holiness Church; however, both changed their religious affiliation after a few years.
John Albert Adams died December 9, 1935, in Madison County, Alabama. He was buried in the Moon Cemetery in the Cave Springs area of Owens Cross Roads.
Rosa Lee "Rosie" Winkles Adams died March 15, 1959, in Madison County, Alabama. She was buried beside of John in the Moon Cemetery. Her obituary reads:
"Mrs. Adams, 62
Funeral services for Mrs. Rosie Lee Adams, 62, 3301 Alpine St. SW, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Big Cove Holiness Church, with the Rev. Mitchell Drake and the Rev. Paul Stone officiating. Burial will follow in the Moon Cemetery at Owens Cross Roads.
Survivors include three sons; John Adams Jr. of Opelika, Ala, Albert Adams of Detroit, Mich., and William Adams of National City, Calif.; three daughters; Mrs. Walter L. Byrd, Mrs. Leroy Boyd and Mrs. Kenneth Jones all of Huntsville; a sister, Mrs. John Jones of Albertville; 26 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers will be Calvin White, A.C. Edgar, James E. Cowan, William Knight, Billy Caneer and Johnny Green.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Carl A. Grote Sr., Dr. Carl A. Grote Jr., Henry Fuss, Billy Stewart and Buddy Simmons.
Laughlin Service Funeral Home will be in charge of funeral arrangements."
Monday, March 16, 1959
-Children of John Albert Adams & Rosa Lee Winkles-
Rachel E. Adams was born February 7, 1912, in Madison County, Alabama.
Albert Lonzo "Buddy" Adams was born February 26, 1913, in Madison County, Alabama.
-Bertie Lorene Adams Bird-
1914 - 1975
Bertie Lorene Adams was born November 5, 1914, in Madison County, Alabama. Lorene married Walter Lee Bird on November 16, 1930, in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. Walter, the son of Wiley Virgil Bird and Willie Ann Josephine Hunter, was born July 8, 1912, in Big Cove, Alabama. Walter and Lorene had ten children - Rosie Lucille, John Wiley, Peggy Sue, Alton Wayne, Sammy Ellis, Agnes Jane, Phyllis Marie, Nancy Kay, Ronald Dale, and Kevin Alan.
After Walter and Lorene married, they moved to the Mooresmill area of Huntsville. Here, they lived with Walter's great-uncle and aunt, Dick and Maude McPeters. They lived here through the birth of their first child.
Lorene received the Holy Ghost on April 4, 1931, at the Big Cove Free Holiness Church. It was the first Sunday of April, and Lorene rose to her feet to thank the Lord for the way he had blessed her in the altar that day. While praising the Lord for His blessings on her, the Holy Ghost fell on Lorene, with the Bible evidence of speaking in tongues. She became and active and attentive member of the church from that day forward. Walter and Lorene soon moved back to Big Cove.
After a long, tiring bout with diabetes, Bertie Lorene Adams Bird died November 29, 1975, in a Huntsville hospital. Her funeral was held _ with _ officiating. Lorene was laid to rest in the Neal's Chapel Cemetery next to her son, Wayne.
As for Walter, five years after Lorene's death, Walter married a widow woman named Ruby Jewel Rhoden Dodson. Walter, at age ninety, still lives in the old Bird homeplace, surrounded by his family.
Ruby Nancy Adams was born in Madison County, Alabama.
James Walter Adams was born January 1, 1919, in Madison County, Alabama.
John Junior Adams was born December 6, 1920, in Madison County, Alabama.
Sammie Ligie Adams was born October 30, 1922, in Madison County, Alabama.
Rosie Virginia Adams was born October 31, 1926, in Madison County, Alabama.
William Jasper "Billy" Adams was born March 31, 1930, in Madison County, Alabama.
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